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It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mr Murray Grindrod, Chairman of the Board of Governors from 1984 to 1991, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning.   Murray was a great servant of this school and we extend our sincere condolences to the Grindrod family.

Last week I wrote to you about the new immigration regulations which come into effect on 1 June 2015. If you have not read this letter, please could I ask you to do so because it affects anyone travelling out of the country with children under the age of 18. I am still seeking clarity on certain aspects of these regulations but I will keep you informed should I have anything further to report.

This week we offer scholarships and places to our successful 2016 applicants. This is a stressful time for our prospective new boys and their parents because we are not in a position to offer places to all of those who applied. However, we hope that those who really want to be at Hilton will be accommodated and we look forward to welcoming them into the Hilton Family next year.

On Saturday evening, our Grade 11 Dramatic Art students performed at the opening performance of the 2015 Schools' Funk programme. Boys and girls from thirteen local schools are performing their choreographed dance routines in this Funk programme which takes place in our Theatre.   I wish our boys all the very best for their remaining performances tonight, tomorrow night and on Wednesday evening this week.

Our Matric Art students will be displaying their work at St Anne's later this week as part of the combined Hilton College and St Anne's Matric Art Exhibition. This exhibition, in the St Anne's Sports Centre, will be opened at 18:00 on Wednesday evening.

As we approach our midterm break, I remind you that we have three lessons on Thursday morning. Boys may only leave school after classes have ended at 10.00am as indicated in the school calendar. Please could I ask that if you are booking flights for your son to fly home from King Shaka airport in Durban, these should not be booked for flights that depart less than three hours after school closes. We allow two hours for travelling from Hilton and one hour for check-in. This means that no flights should be booked to depart from King Shaka earlier than 13:00 on Thursday. For flights out of Oribi airport in Pietermaritzburg, please allow one and a half hours (ie. no flights departing before 11:30). I thank you, in advance, for your co-operation in this regard.

I wish you all a very happy and restful mid-term break.

Peter Ducasse

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